The Templar Arming Sword by Balaur Arms is a large late 12th Century sword with proportions reminiscent of the famed Sword of St. Maurice; this is a sword for a professional warrior of the milites who would have trained in its use since from late childhood and would have been right at home in the mail-clad hand of both a secular knight or a knight of the Monastic Orders such as the Templar or Teutonic Knights. The blade is both broad and long and delivers powerfully decisive cutting strokes from atop a warhorse and in skilled hands its reach and striking potential makes it a formidable companion for the warrior on foot as well. This is a sword crafted to optimize reach and sheer cutting potential and intended to be a powerful weapon in the hand of the warrior who knows how to use it to its fearsome potential.
These large medieval arming swords are a difficult type of sword to make without them becoming too heavy or unbalanced on account of the large blade, but with the assistance of famed swordmaker LK Chen we were able to realize a sword of this type that stays surprisingly light and agile for its size without sacrificing the cutting power that is was designed to optimize. A true knightly sword, the balance of the sword lies right at a sweet spot for usability and sheer cleaving power.
Ready for powerful cutting right out of the box, this sword has a keenly sharp blade of well-tempered spring steel with a hardness of 54-55 HRc. The crossguard and pommel are of stainless steel and the hardwood grip is tightly bound in burgundy hue leather. The blade is solidly anchored into the pommel with a hot-peen assembly. The hardwood grip is crafted from two halves of wood which were glued at the seam over the tang and then bound in tight leather. This construction method for the grip ensures that even if the wood were to shrink slightly over time it would not compromise the tightness of the sword hilt. Swords with friction-fit peens can loosen over time if the wooden grip shrinks and then leaves a gap in that friction-fit for the hilt. This alternate method used for this Italian Longsword removes that possibility by keeping the grip fitting separate from the pommel and guard.
The sword is matched with a tough wooden scabbard which is tightly bound in stitched burgundy leather. A protective chape of steel protects the scabbard wood from impacts. The Jerusalem Cross is etched onto the scabbard rainguard and this motif is repeated on both sides of the blade and crossguard which likewise feature the Cross Potent.
Please Note: The hue of the leather can range from a burgundy oxblood-like hue to a color that is more like a vibrant red and ranges in between due to manufacturer dye batch variance